August 2014

Introduction to LDT

Introduction to LDT


Welcome! You have taken an interest in Life Dynamic Training, or LDT as we generally refer to it. It is likely that you have many questions, "What is LDT?" "Is it something that I need or should want or look into?" In the following series of documents we have tried to answer the most common questions. In response to these questions we now have made them available to those who asked and to others like you visiting us here at Wellness on the Web.

Many of the questions you may have are already answered here. There may also be answers to many questions that you may not have thought of.


Introducing Myself: Allen Lawrence, M.D., MA. Ph.D.

I am often asked about my personal background and why my wife, Dr. Lisa Lawrence, and I founded LDT. I am happy to introduce myself and tell you a little about myself. I am a medical doctor and I have practiced medicine for more than 35 years. My basic training was accomplished at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. My undergraduate years were spent at U.C.L.A. in Los Angeles. I performed my internship at U.S.C. Los Angeles County General Hospital. After two years as a Medical Officer in the U.S. Air Force I entered a residency program in Obstetrician/Gynecologist at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Later on, I earned a Master's of Arts (M.A.) in Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Psychology.


Why LDT?

I was a "sickly child" myself. I had severe allergies. I was frequently ill with colds, flu's, sore throats, multiple bouts of pneumonia and Rheumatic Fever. Every childhood illness I suffered was nearly life-threatening and I was frequently out of school. Fortunately for me I was a bright student and still maintained high grades.

These episodes of illness continued until I was about 11 to 12 years of age. Prior to that time I could not even go out of my home on cold days or when it rained without getting sick. One very cold and rainy day, one of the students in my class came to school in a tee shirt without a jacket, no rain coat, no boots and no hat. I asked him why he had done this and why he wasn't afraid of getting sick. He told me that he had no fear at all of getting sick. That he always dressed like this when it rained and that he had never become sick from either cold or rain. He then added, "My parents believe that not fighting the elements, but rather joining with them and allowing them to be as they were, made us stronger."

This was an entirely new idea for me. I had always believed that I would get sick, and so I did. After all my parents told me that it was true that if I went out in cold or rain without proper covering a jacket, or rain coat, hat and rain boots I would get sick. Here a fellow student, who was healthy as can be and never (as he told me) ever got sick was out practically half naked.

I thought about what he had said, what I had been led to believe and I made some hard, serious decisions. I threw off my rain coat (I always got perspired in it anyway); I threw off my jacket (it always made me too hot as well); I threw off my hat (it always gave me a bad hair day), and took off my rain boots (they were so awkward and geeky). I went out in the cold and rain armed with an entirely new belief system. The cold and the rain would make me healthier. I have never, in all of the rest of my life, become sick from going out in either cold or rain, nor, later into snow, without a jacket, coat, hat and boots (except ski boots of course). It was my first, but not my last, experience in life with faulty belief systems, lies and fear.

Yes, I know that my parents thought they were doing the right thing for me. They were fearful because of my many prior illnesses and only wanted to protect me. In the next weeks and months, I began a process of changing many belief systems and over the years this process has positively changed my life.

It was about this same time I also decided that I wanted to become a medical doctor. Not specifically because of what had happened above, probably more because of my many illnesses. I wanted to help others who were sick as my doctors had helped me. When I first decided to become a medical doctor, I thought that doctors actually healed people. In my mind, I thought that it meant that I could do things, give medication, give treatments and provide help that would not just take illnesses away, but would also prevent them from ever coming back again. I wanted to eliminate all sickness and illness. I thought that I had been a special case because I had been so sick, but after the rain coat incident, I rarely ever got sick again so I thought that in fact my doctors had helped me and cured me. I gave them the power, instead of recognizing then that the decisions and power had all come from me.



It was not until after I had been in medical practice for many years that I found myself becoming increasingly more and more disillusioned and depressed, even to the point of despondency. It took several more years until I realized that the medical system was so different from what I thought it would be. I had such great hopes when I started my practice, however, after a few years I began to realize that both medicine, and the medical profession, were not at all designed to heal people. With the exception of those individuals involved in accidents, with serious injuries or of deformities or life-threatening situations. Medicine, I became aware, was directed primarily only at treating symptoms. We could eliminate some symptoms, pain and often fear of death. We could even make people feel better. What I wanted to be able to offer my patients was a way to help them to eliminate all illness and be healed1.

From that point on I emotionally left medicine and began training as a healer. This has been a journey of nearly twenty-five years. Only now after working with thousands of patients with the intention of helping them heal themselves, rather than simply treating symptoms, have I finally realized that I am a healer.

In this website we present many different views and many different faces of medicine and healing. In some sections we act, talk and look entirely like traditional Western medical doctors. In others, we talk about mind, body, spirit and healing. Still, in other articles, we discuss the role and place of our emotions. In some areas we concentrate on medical research and in other areas we focus on new areas of science such as Psychoneuroimmunobiology (PNI) and its relationship to illness and healing. To some degree or another ancient healing models such as the Hawaiian, native American, shamanistic, we also cover religious and spiritual healing as well as alternative medical and healing systems. Our intention is to demonstrate that there are many ways to create healing. If one method works better than another for a specific patient, we use it. It is not necessary to stay sick. If the system you presently believe in does not have all the right answers, or you are looking for something different or better, than act on your instincts do not suffer and feel as if you are alone. You are not alone there are healers all around you waiting to help you solve your problems.

In this section of Life Dynamic Training we have gone even farther a field. We begin by looking at my own personal experience working with patient/clients and healing along with my use of tools that have come from many different disciplines. Some have been listed above or are in other articles in this series, some tools we use will not be talked about as they would take too much time and space and require care instructions and selection of the right circumstances and persons. Still more tools we have had to create for our own client/patients based on their immediate need and circumstances. Most importantly, these tools are all designed to hand back the power of healing to the persons who seek to be healed.

Please enjoy and use what you can from our work. If we can be of help, feel free to write or e-mail us your questions and experiences, both good and bad. If you want help or want to work with us contact us and let us know.

1 Please do not believe that I am trying to denigrate the medical profession and all medical doctors, I am not. In fact, I have great respect for the majority of my medical colleagues. I am only trying to be objective as to the role medicine plays in "healing," rather than treating patients. Unfortunately, most people and most physicians, think these two actions are equivalent, but they are not. I hope that through the many documents here in our web site, I will be able to clarify the very fine points of the difference between these two actions. While the words (treatment and healing) are generally used interchangeably, ask your self the following question, "If you were really sick, would you be happy and perfectly accepting of simply feeling better, while retaining your illness or disease? Or would you rather completely throw off your illness or disease and be entirely free of it, so it would never return again. This is the simplest way I can express what I mean by the difference between treating symptoms versus healing illness and/or disease.